Punjab and Haryana High Court while setting aside a public interest litigation clearly stated that if the guardian of the student is unable to deposit the tuition fees, due to force majeure, then also the school is not entitled to strike away the name of the student and could not deprive him of his right to education.
The bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha and Justice Arun Palli put forward such orders.
High Court provided on 18th of May according to the clause 4 of the instructions provided by Chandigarh Administration that on the default of non-payment of fees by the guardian any student shall not be deprived of his right to education and his name shall not be strucked away by the School authorities.
High Court discussed furthermore that if a guardian is unable to deposit the fee, he shall first inform the school administration regarding the concerned matter in writing. If in such circumstances the school does not gaze into the matter concerned then he should register his complaint in writing to the Fees Regulatory Authorities presided over by the Education Secretary which is constituted to keep an eye over the conduct of Private schools by the administration. The authority shall investigate the matter within 15 days.
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By: Deepanjali Singh